By Judith Lavoie.
Representatives from the Tsilhqot’in National Government were in the B.C. Supreme Court this week asking for an immediate injunction to stop Taseko’s exploratory drilling for the controversial open-pit New Prosperity Mine from beginning August 7. To the dismay of the Tsilhqot’in, B.C. issued Taseko exploratory permits in the dying days of the former BCLiberal government while the Tsilhqot’in were under a wildfire evacuation order — even though the $1.5 billion gold and copper mine project itself has been twice rejected by the federal government in 2010 and again in 2014. A court decision on the injunction is expected this week. But the fight both for and against the permits doesn’t stop there. Taseko Calls Federal Stop Order ‘Absurd’
The Tsilhqot’in request for an injunction comes as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has stepped into the fray, issuing a cease and desist order to Taseko, warning any exploratory drilling by Taseko could be in violation of federal environmental laws.